Andy Gracie Workshop: Train flies for space travel


Andy Gracie’s Workshop: Non-Terrestrial Drosophila Phototaxis

Wed 3 June, 2015 | Christchurch House (Room: Science Lab, C221)  |  10:00am – 5:00pm.

With a break from 1:00pm-2:00pm with lunch in Balcony Atrium & BLAST exhibition talk by boredomresearch in the Atrium Gallery.

Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Talbot Campus, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB

This event is FREE and open to public.

BOOKING – it is essential that you book to attend this workshop at: https://blasteventjune03.eventbrite.com


Over the past 3 years, artist Andy Gracie has been slowly acclimatising and selecting flies based on their fitness for possible future survival on Saturn’s moon Titan. In this BLAST lab workshop participants will design and build simple apparatus for testing and selecting for altered phototaxis (attraction to light) in both the artist’s trained specimens and newer cultures that have been raised under normal conditions.

Andy Gracie (UK/ES) works across various disciplines including installation, robotics, sound, video and biological practice. Recently his work has involved studies and reactions to the science of astrobiology; notions of the origins of life coupled with a re-examination of its boundaries. His practice employs scientific theory and practice to question our relationships with environment and the notion of the “other” while simultaneously bringing into focus the very relationship between art and science. His work has been shown internationally and has included special commissions for new works.